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“Rich States, Poor States” 2014 Edition Seventh edition of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s annual report, authored by Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Stephen Moore and Jonathan Williams. Looks at state government policies that make a state either more competitive economically with the other 49 states, or less so. Ranks all 50 U.S. states by both past economic performance and future economic outlook.

State Economic Prosperity & Taxation, Mercatus Center Examines the effects of taxation on states’ economic performance, busi­nesses growth, and net migration. Finds that higher state taxes correlate with lower economic performance. Analyzes variables including effective average tax rates, the personal income tax, and personal income tax progressivity.

Tax Foundation Facts & Figures 2014: How Does Your State Compare? The latest edition of this popular pocket-sized handbook contains the rates and rankings of all 50 states on 39 different measures of tax and fiscal policy, including Tax Freedom Day by state, state and local tax burden, state and local tax collections and revenues per capita, and selected state and local tax rates.

Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Fiscal Year 2015 Proposed Budget OCPA, Oklahoma’s premier free-market think tank, annually releases a proposed fiscal year budget for Oklahoma’s state government. Features recommendations for right-sizing state government, limiting it to its core functions and encouraging greater prioritization in the spending of taxpayer dollars.

An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States A detailed and critical look into the tax and regulatory policies across the 50 states and the economic growth or malaise that follows from these choices. Evaluates the impact state and local government policies have on a state’s relative performance and lays down a roadmap to sound economic policies that lead to growth and prosperity.

Tax Foundation 2014 State Business Climate Index Ranking of all 50 U.S. states by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation, enabling business leaders, government policymakers and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare. The rankings consider corporate taxes, personal income taxes, sales taxes, unemployment insurance taxes and property taxes.

CNBC America’s Top States for Business 2014 A scoring of all 50 states on 56 measures of competitiveness, developed using input from business groups, economic development experts, companies and the states themselves.

Oklahoma K-12 and School Choice Survey Commissioned by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and conducted by Braun Research, Inc., this project measures Oklahoma registered voters’ familiarity and views on a range of K-12 education topics and school choice reforms.

Economic Assessment of Oil & Gas Tax Policy in Oklahoma Issued by the State Chamber of Oklahoma Research Foundation, this report provides an economic assessment of Oklahoma oil and gas tax policy and examines recent structural changes in the industry. Intended to assist policymakers in fully evaluating the economic role of the industry and potential effects of changes in state tax policy.

How Money Walks Released in 2013 by author Travis H. Brown, this book uses IRS and U.S. Census data over nearly two decades to track the $2 trillion movement of taxpayers and working wealth between the 50 states. The accompanying website features additional data, plus a fully interactive map allowing any citizen to see how their state and county fared in in this interstate tax competition.

A Win-Win Solution: The Empirical Evidence on School Choice Issued by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, this report surveys the empirical research on school choice. Provides a thorough overview of research findings on academic outcomes of choice participants, academic outcomes of public schools, fiscal impact on taxpayers, racial segregation in schools, and civic values and practices.–The-Empirical-Evidence-on-School-Choice.aspx

Save Taxes by Moving A service of the Laffer Center, this free online calculator helps citizens and taxpayers estimate what tax effects, positive or negative, they might experience by moving to another state.

Why Not Move? Provided by the National Center for Policy Analysis, this free online state tax calculator can help determine how the decision to move to another state could impact your family’s living standard.

How Medicaid Fails the Poor In this short book, author Avik Roy explains how Medicaid’s clumsy design and perverse incentives make it hard for people on Medicaid to get the medical care they need. The Affordable Care Act doubles down on this broken system. Roy shows how there are better ways, using private insurance, to provide needed care to our poorest citizens.

Chief Executive Magazine 2013 Best & Worst States for Business State Rankings Ninth annual survey of CEO opinion about the best and worst states in which to do business. Business leaders were asked to grade states on a variety of competitive metrics, including taxation and regulation, quality of workforce and living environment. Also includes a measure of how CEOs grade a state’s attitude toward business.

The Secret to Low Taxes is Efficient Spending Analysis of estimated total state government spending for each of the 50 U.S. states, conducted by the Kansas Policy Institute. Suggest that states with lower tax rates tend to be more efficient with the tax dollars they collect.

Tax Myths Debunked Renowned economists Dr. Randall Pozdena, former vice president of research at the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank, and Dr. Eric Fruits refute the Left’s popularly repeated myths about taxes and spending. Using both theoretical and empirical evidence, Tax Myths Debunked confirms that the key to economic prosperity at the state level is in free-market, pro-growth tax and fiscal policy.

What is the Evidence on Taxes and Growth? Informative 2012 study from the Tax Foundation. Looks at the evidence gathered from 26 different empirical, peer-reviewed academic studies, going back as far as 1983, on the relationship between different tax types and economic growth.

A Medicaid Cure: Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot Florida’s Medicaid Reform Pilot has been a decided success. It has improved the health of enrolled patients, achieved high patient satisfaction, and kept cost increases below average, saving Florida taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Since then, Florida has passed its Statewide Reform, which promises to extend these benefits throughout the state.

Oklahoma’s History with Income Tax Cuts: A Story of Growth From 2004 through 2009, Oklahoma’s personal income tax was lowered more than 20 percent. The Oklahoma Tax Commission estimated the cuts would result in less revenue for state government programs. In reality, Oklahoma saw increases in both economic activity and tax revenues.

Taxes Really Do Matter: Look at the States Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress have bet the future of the U.S. economy on a gamble that tax rates don’t matter, so raising income taxes, dividend taxes, and capital gains taxes in 2013, won’t hurt the economy. The evidence from the states, however, suggests just the opposite is true.

Why Does Economic Freedom Matter? This piece from the Heritage Foundation outlines how America’s founders knew that liberty is about more than just securing political freedoms. True liberty requires economic freedom—the ability to profit from our own ideas and labor, to work, produce, consume, own, trade, and invest according to our own choices.

The Obamacare Disaster In this policy study from the Heartland Institute, author Peter Ferrara discusses the downsides of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Rather than liberate the American health care system from bureaucracy and waste, the federal health care law blankets it with more of both, suffocating innovation and destroying freedom.

A Tale of Two States: The Real Effect of Individual Income Tax Cuts Tax policy changes in Oklahoma and Kansas in the 2000s provided the closest thing possible in the real world to a controlled experiment as to whether income tax rate reductions could generate enough economic activity to offset the revenue losses that many believed would result from the tax reductions.